Dec 15 2017

Man detained for disturbing peace after filing charges against Erdoğan

A man who filed charges against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for “discriminating against part of society” was detained shortly afterwards on charges of disturbing the peace, secularist newspaper Cumhuriyet said.

Aydın Aydoğan, who was released after police questioning, had said in his filing that he and others who took part in the 2013 Gezi protests had been repeatedly subjected to hate speech by Erdoğan ever since.

“By calling those involved in the Gezi events ‘vandals’, ‘traitors’, ‘rodents’, ‘terrorists’ and ‘pawns of foreign powers’ and by saying that those who opposed the July 15 coup attempt were not Gezi participants, he discriminated against a portion of the people by social group and class,” he wrote.

Aydoğan was injured during the demonstrations when a gas cannister fired by police hit his leg, and said this had impeded his ability to work.

“The use of inappropriate language on television towards those of us who joined the Gezi protests deeply saddens us,” he said. “That is why I am (filing this) complaint.”